A New York police officer is suspected of spying for the Chinese government, reporting several American media. The 33-year-old man was arrested on Monday.
The agent, Bamaidajie Angwang, is suspected of spying on Chinese Americans and Tibetans in New York. He was supposed to be in contact with two employees from the Chinese consulate in New York.
The staff instructed him to report on the activities of Tibetans in the city and he would seek possible informants for Chinese intelligence. The consulate staff were also invited to police meetings in order to get in touch with major police officers in New York.
Angwang was born in Tibet, an autonomous region of China, and was granted asylum in the United States because he was allegedly tortured for his Tibetan origins. He is a naturalized American and also worked as a reservist in the United States Army.
The man has also been charged with fraud involving listening devices, making false statements and obstructing investigations relating to national security.
If the officer is convicted of espionage, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 55 years in prison.